When you walk into a Dancing Freedom space, you arrive in a place and a community where you are fundamentally welcome to be yourself. Please wear comfortable clothing that supports your freedom of movement. Please do not wear any kind of synthetic scent.
The Flow if a Typical Two Hour Practice
Arrival – The experience of arriving sets the tone. Come early, ground, relax, open your heart. Open to whoever of whatever shows up – it’s all the guest!
Circle – WE gather as sacred mirrors and human friends. The circle is the SPACE OF COMMUNITY. This is a time for you to check in with yourself and to become aware of your personal prayer(s). The circle has its own intelligence – it will reflect and expand your individual experience if you let it. Being in a circle is about listening for and making space for the voice of the community to emerge through individuals.
The Teaching – empowering inspiration, liberation and participation for the fulfillment of human potential and spiritual growth. We take time to focus the prayer of the dance through a single theme or teaching. Remember – your life is the core teaching. The theme given by the facilitator offers an opportunity to connect the lessons that are appearing in your life with bigger themes in spiritual and self-development.
Elemental Wave – Our playlists travel EARTH, WATER, FIRE, AIR and ETHER – an ecstatic, shamanic, alchemical wave. The wave creates a progression energy that has a Beginning, Middle and Ending. The elements are REAL allies that reflect and support different qualities of consciousness and transformation.
Harvest – At the end of every practice, we take the time to GATHER the insight gained through the practice. We harvest the knowing of the body, the heart and the higher self. These are the primary three layers we explore again and again in stable practice over time. This stable, consistent mindfulness check in helps each you as the practitioner to identify and deepen awareness of the self. You will start to identify and understand the different layers of knowing and experience that are happening all the time within your personal orgasmic experience of being a human/spirit. At the center of the practice is the choice to show up in the space of awareness to see what’s there- to access deeper connection to the real experiences, learning, passages, and insights of your life.
Share-back – we sit with another and simply share our experience. This is intimate. It can feel very vulnerable for some people. It bridges the practice into a shared space of communication. When we speak and are heard or listen and see another, we expand our awareness of the experience we have just had and of what has happened for others within our practice community. We grow together. Sometimes we also journal.
The Inner Dance – When we have time, we do a second cycle of practice in duets. This is a more subtle and internal space where we go deeper into the material of our prayers and our Harvest. It is an into-me-see practice where we hold each other in sacred equality. One person dances with his or her eyes closed while the other witnesses in a space of compassionate non-judgment. We dance for a particular amount of time – often 10-15 minutes. Then, we switch roles. In the Inner Dance, we invoke the sacred position of the witness and the sacred position of the dancer – the still-point and the creator, Siva and Shakti. The inner dance reflects the primal dynamism of the universe within which all of existence happens as a dance between the active, creative, material aspects of consciousness and the still, subtle, fields based and transcendent aspects of consciousness. In the Inner Dance, each person has the opportunity to experience each role. Each role implies both a giving and a receiving and a deepening of self-awareness as it relates to one’s own life dance.
Closure – Clear endings are a great gift to consciousness. We complete our practice with a final Harvest circle, a thanking of the space, our support team of elements, ancestors, directions, guides and guardians, and a gesture of closure and grounding. WE dedicate our practice to peace, freedom and love for all beings.
A few notes on our methodology:
Freedom and structure are not opposite. Rather, a clear structure makes a safe space for people to experience greater expression, vulnerability, trust, healing, connection and transcendence. We create a practice space that has integrity and consistency. It is a loving container designed so that consciousness can expand, heal and grow.
We use Layering of Embodied Intelligence – Every class invites you to have a total body/mind/soul/spirit experience through the layering of somatic, shamanic, ecstatic and expressive invocation. The facilitator gently and subtly infuses his or her teaching with aspects of all four pathways to embodied oneness.
What does this mean?
Somatic - we ground, center and expand through body-based awareness and patterns.
Ecstatic - we traverse an elemental, alchemical wave.
Shamanic - we partner with everything – with our ancestors, our guides, the land on which we dance, the directions, the elements, the higher selves of all people in the space, and the oversouling energy of humanity’s conscious evolution, or the “spirit of oneness.”
Expressive - we encourage and invite active imagination and full creative expression.
We set the Field. We bring presence, love, attention and intention to the space, the people, the energies present and the prayer intent we bring to the unfolding process of a class or event. Either out loud or internally, we invite in the guides, guardians, ancestors and directions. In some spaces, you will find a physical altar, smudge, anointment or some other marking of the ceremonial process of arrival and being in sacred space. FEEL the energy/space/time container you are a part of: all bodies, all realms, all time, all space.
We Create Poetic Alchemy – Words are power. Words shape consciousness. We will use words, the music and our intent to create a fertile field for the inner process. Invocation + Useful Information: we will focus on invoking sensitivity, awareness, engagement and alchemy. To balance the delicate process of creating a nurturing environment with a gentle but firm push to facilitate growth, healing and self-awareness. We will invoke: Energetic, Emotional and Physical Experience, Awareness and Release, Somatic, Emotional & Energetic Sensing and Feeling into Action, the senses as a gateway to Intimacy with the Universe (True Tantra), Inner Connection and Outer Expression.